SAGAING DIVISION – The junta troops were reported to have stormed into Nang Naung and Kyaw Villages and stole the local’s properties on the morning of Wednesday (September 21).
The soldiers responsible belong to junta light infantry battalion 301 based in Magway and they have been stationed at the village monastery, just above of Nang Naung and Kyaw Villages, since Tuesday evening. They entered the villages the next morning to stir up havoc, according to an official of Indaw Revolution.
“They got into a battle at Nangma Kyaing Village and retreated to Indaw on September 20. They have been stationed at Nang Naung and Kyaw Villages since then, ransacking the villages. Their unit of 65 soldiers had been pillaging the villages starting that morning. They have not torched any houses so far. Reports only said that they were seen stealing bags of rice from inside the houses” said the official.
Nang Naung and Kyaw Villages have a combined total of over 300 houses and the population of around 2000. Currently, residents are reported to have fled the two villages.
“Nan Naung and Kyaw are two villages living together as one. Both villages attend the same monastery. The junta troops stationed themselves at the monastery. Just the previous night, the mortar shells fired by them landed in front of the school in Kyaw Village as well as the west of the village. All the locals are fleeing,” continued the official.
The junta troops are still in the village and the subsequent circumstances are still under investigation.
Previously, on the 18th and 19th of September, at least 8 members of the junta council’s troops were killed in a two-day encounter between the junta forces and the local defense forces near the village of Nan Mekai, just seven miles away from Nan Naung village. Indaw Revolution reported that a member of the People’s Defence Force was also fell in battle.